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Old 05-01-2012, 04:16 AM   #111
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You mean theme parks close for winter? I love being able to go to a water park in Dec, a few years ago I went on Xmas lol
I remember living in Cali and wearing shorts on New Years Day and being able to go to the beach.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:23 AM   #112
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Today I Learned..

You can commit egregious parking violations with temporary tags (in Denver) and get away with it. I'm not sure why.. but there seems to be an inability to write tickets for temporary plates.

Of course, I would never exploit this fact, but.. yeah.
Since the temp. plates are usually only good for 2 weeks and filled out by dealers, it is very difficult to perform timely updates to the DMV / NCIC / III system utilized by LEO's & regional communication centers. The parking ticket is that odd "penalty" which does not require a signature, so often no simple and immediate verification of driver / owner exists.

It'll also depend upon whether the parking enforcement in a given area is being performed by a "meter reader" or a fully commissioned LEO. Typically it'll be the former and that person would be more apt to make note of a temp plated vehicles VIN for future enforcement efforts rather than call on an LEO to "sit" on a vehicle that is recently (2 week plates) habitually offending parking ordinances. That said, tow trucks are handy tools!
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:03 AM   #113
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Just a little story featured on one of our local news sites:

"Researchers say not using turn signals is more dangerous than distracted driving.

According to the Society of Automotive Engineering, drivers don't use turn signals or forget to turn them off nearly half of the time they change lanes.

When it comes to making turns, one in four drivers did not use turn signals properly.

Researchers say the mistakes cause about two-million crashes a year. That's double the number of crashes linked to distracted driving."
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:46 AM   #114
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Just a little story featured on one of our local news sites:

"Researchers say not using turn signals is more dangerous than distracted driving.

According to the Society of Automotive Engineering, drivers don't use turn signals or forget to turn them off nearly half of the time they change lanes.

When it comes to making turns, one in four drivers did not use turn signals properly.

Researchers say the mistakes cause about two-million crashes a year. That's double the number of crashes linked to distracted driving."
for some reason, I can't help but use mine - it just seems to come naturally.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:06 AM   #115
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for some reason, I can't help but use mine - it just seems to come naturally.
Me too. We must be bucking the curve. Those statistics listed seem high from my observation of other drivers.
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Just a little story featured on one of our local news sites:

"Researchers say not using turn signals is more dangerous than distracted driving.

According to the Society of Automotive Engineering, drivers don't use turn signals or forget to turn them off nearly half of the time they change lanes.

When it comes to making turns, one in four drivers did not use turn signals properly.

Researchers say the mistakes cause about two-million crashes a year. That's double the number of crashes linked to distracted driving."
I would say you should add most of those into the distracted driving numbers. You must have been distracted if you didn't see another vehicle come into your lane and hit you, regardless if they had a flashing light on their corners/fender/side mirror or wherever else they are putting the flashers these days.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:15 PM   #117
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I would say you should add most of those into the distracted driving numbers. You must have been distracted if you didn't see another vehicle come into your lane and hit you, regardless if they had a flashing light on their corners/fender/side mirror or wherever else they are putting the flashers these days.
Define distracted. Would you fault me at all if I was checking my right mirror at the exact moment that someone swerves right into my lane from next to me, and subsequently hit me? Say it's raining. Someone cuts me off, throwing dirty rainwater up at my windshield. I really can't see for an instant as my wipers haven't passed yet. Someone else drifts into my lane in front of me while I can't see, slower than me, without leaving enough room. They didn't signal so I had little way to know what was happening. Am I at fault there?

Distractions are everywhere and are a normal part of driving. Checking one side distracts you from the other. Does that mean you did something wrong? No. Not sure if your post was intended this way but it sounded like you were blaming the hypothetical accident victim in addition to the causer.
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:36 PM   #118
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Summer is a coming, was a hot day here in Fl. Got up to 90* in Orlando..

Not looking forward to the next 4 months
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:12 PM   #119
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Summer is a coming, was a hot day here in Fl. Got up to 90* in Orlando..

Not looking forward to the next 4 months
Oof ... if wearing a hat / ball cap makes you cooler, then it's too hot me!
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Driving around for the last hour and the car is telling me it's 88 outside... I'm with you Red, I'd be happy with a high of 70 and a low of 45 year round
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